Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA/Japan, 1970.  , , , .  Screenplay by , , , based on the novel Tora! Tora! Tora! by  and the novel The Broken Seal by .  Cinematography by , , , .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , , , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

The attack on Pearl Harbour is memorialized in a giant epic project that sees American and Japenese studios admirably joining forces. The Japanese sections (originally to be directed by Akira Kurosawa) see the nation gearing up for a carefully prepared and meticulously planned attack on the Hawaiian military base, anxious to get America involved in the war occurring everywhere else in the world.  Meanwhile, on American shores (directed by Richard Fleischer), uniformed men debate attacks in between missed opportunities in diplomacy with Japanese contacts, suspicions arising of an attack but none taken too seriously.  When the bombs descend and chaos breaks loose, the film is an incredibly impressive collection of scenes of battle, with thrilling, Oscar-winning special effects taking you right into the heart of the situation and convincing you that you are really there.  Unfortunately, that’s the last half hour of a more than two hour long film, and the sequences leading up to the exciting conclusion are primarily wooden conversations that raise no pulse in terms of character or conflict.  In accomplishing accuracy the filmmakers have robbed the story of any flavor; on the other hand, Michael Bay’s attempt to improve on the matter was far worse.

Academy Award:  Best Special Visual Effects
Nominations: Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction; Best Film Editing; Best Sound

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s